A Portrait of Ray takes audiences on an exhilarating journey back to 1967 at the height of Ray Charles' career. Set during a homecoming concert in Greenville, Florida, this "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Soul" pioneer freely shares his life's journey. From becoming blind at the age of 7, to witnessing the deaths of both his brother and mother by the age of 15--Ray had no shortage of tragedies in his life. But through his resilience and his extraordinary talent, Ray found his voice and used it as an instrument for social change. Ray's unique sound fusing Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Country and the Blues, was successful in the integration of American Music, but also had a significant impact on the integration of American people.
Broadway veteran: Dwayne Clark (The Color Purple, Spiderman, In the Heights, Rent, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Tarzan and Urinetown) portrays this complicated yet charismatic entertainer all the while guiding his infamous background singers, the Raelettes, and a ten piece jazz orchestra through a mélange of melodies. Featuring world class saxophonist Don Braden as ‘Fat Head Newman,' A Portrait of Ray includes favorites such as ‘Hit the Road Jack.' ‘Georgia,' ‘What'd I Say,' ‘ I Can't Stop Loving You' and many more.